LOST - When we'll see Desmond again

Jeff "Doc" Jensen of Entertainment Weekly has a theory that LOST is folding back in on itself, with seasons 4, 5 and 6 mirroring seasons 3, 2 and 1. Right now, we're in the 5-to-2 paradigm.

It's a strong theory. See tonight as evidence. Sayid, imprisoned. (Young) Ben coming to visit him. A prisoner released by a representative of those holding him. An unexpected death as an immediate result of that betrayal. Instead of Ana Lucia and Libby being killed by Michael after he lets Ben go, we have STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED TONIGHT'S EPISODE.

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Young Ben letting Sayid go, then Sayid returning the favor with a bullet. Whoa. Mind = blown.

So if we're locked into a reversed replaying of Season 2, what do we have to look forward to in the season finale? How about Desmond returning to the Island?

We first saw him in the Season 2 premiere, "Man of Science, Man of Faith." Since we've been told that the Island isn't done with him, and this season appears to be mirroring Season 2, I think the finale will result in Desmond crashing on the Island once again.

What does this gain us, other than deja vu? How about the chance to finally get a proper Libby flashback? Libby gave Desmond the sailboat that originally took him to the Island. Libby showed up unexpectedly in Hurley's Santa Rosa Mental Hospital flashback, and it's presumed that those events took place after she met Desmond and gave him the boat?

What if Libby followed the race that Desmond entered with her boat, only to learn that he'd been lost at sea? There's another person who was hospitalized for grief stemming from feeling responsible for other peoples' deaths: Hurley, in Santa Rosa.

I'd be lying if I said I knew where this whole thing is taking us, but I think we're in for a pretty awesome finale this season.

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